We are still in Savusavu after extending our stay here by a day. Nigel & Kitty had some paperwork and bills to pay this morning & then we are all going to visit a village. The costs for entering Fiji have come to a total of $270Fiji. A lot less expensive than Galapagos. We have obtained a cruising permit for $5 and this allows us to travel to all the Fiji Islands bar one, Yadua, which is marine protected because of a species of Iguana. Fiji have opened up the Lau group of islands, which are supposed to be very special and unspoilt. Hopefully by the time we get back here with our boat in a couple of years it will not have too many cruisers through. We met a couple of Americans, Matt & Elizabeth off 'Rubicon' who spent 2 weeks on one island there and said it was magnificent. We spent a really enjoyable night with these guys at a bar & restaurant called The Deck where the meal was great, there was a live Fijian band, who sang a variety of songs. Miss Kitty & I danced with the local girls and boys all night (as Pete said - you were in your element Mum). Yesterday Nigel & Miss Kitty hired a taxi and did a bit of a tour of the country side near Savusavu (they had planned on hiring a scooter but it wouldn't start). They enjoyed their day. John & I had a quiet one taking the dinghy for a look around in the afternoon. We initially had thought we would go for a snorkel, but there is no real reef close by.
Savusavu Harbour, Fiji
Day 72 - Visit to Olivia's village.
We visited the home of Olivia, a lady who has a stall in the markets and who has a home stay and day visit tour business. We met her at the market, then jumped on a local bus ($1.90 Fiji each) and travelled about 20 mins to the eastern side of the island. A young Japanese backpacker called Coco was also with us. We walked around the village, then had a wonderful lunch of spinach (local plant), tuna and tomato sandwich, curry potato roti (a wrap), banana cake and fresh paw paw, at which point were all as full as googs. We then swam a bamboo raft out to an island, which seemed like about 5kms, but actually about 0.5km. We walked over the island which is rain forest and covered in a colony of Flying Foxes. We then waded back through knee to waist deep water which was a bit tricky in spots with the incoming waves rolling around the point. All quite exciting and very speccy. The water was crystal clear but not a lot of reef/coral that we saw. We came back to town in a local taxi (Sunshine Taxi) and Nigel cooked a great lamb curry. Coco came to dinner and is now going to travel to Suva with us. We plan on leaving early tomorrow (Wed) and expect to take around 30hrs to get to Suva.
Coco, Miss Kitty, Nigel, Olivia's daughter, Tomasi & Sue